Thursday, December 20, 2007

bsdtalk136 - PF with Peter N. M. Hansteen

Can you believe that it has been two years? A lot has happened in the land of BSD since December 2005. Thank you for listening and for your support.

An interview with Peter N. M. Hansteen, recorded by Michael Dexter on behalf of BSDTalk. If you would like to learn more about the PF firewall, check out "The Book of PF" which is available at

File Info: 16Min, 7MB.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

bsdtalk135 - Joerg Sonnenberger

I'm sorry that I disappeared for a while. I have a new job, and it has taken me a while to come up for air. I hope to get back on track soon.

Michael Dexter sent me an interview he recorded on behalf of BSDTalk with Joerg Sonnenberger at EuroBSDCon 2007. Thank you Michael.

File Info: 17Min, 8MB.

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Monday, October 22, 2007

bsdtalk134 - AsiaBSDCon Update with Hiroki Sato and George Neville-Neil

A quick update on AsiaBSDCon 2008 with Hiroki Sato and George Neville-Neil. More information at

File Info: 10 Min, 5MB.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

bsdtalk133 - OpenCon 2007 update from Marc Balmer

A short update on OpenCon 2007 with Marc Balmer. More information at

File Info: 7Min, 3MB

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Friday, October 12, 2007

bsdtalk132 - Richard Stallman

Interview with Richard Stallman. He requested that the interview only be distributed in a free format, so the mp3 file is just a quick message. Please download the ogg version for the full interview.

File Info: 28Min, 16MB.

Ogg Link:

Visit if you have questions about the ogg format.

A later note from RMS:
In the interview, I said that all the BSD systems " include, in
their installation systems--in some cases I believe it's called a ports system...--they all include some non-free programs". What I meant is that the non-free programs are included in the set of programs that the ports system can install. The ports system software as such is free. For me, distributing a recipe to fetch and install a non-free program is pretty much ethically equivalent to distributing a copy.

Friday, October 05, 2007

bsdtalk131 - PCC with Anders "Ragge" Magnusson

Interview with Anders "Ragge" Magnusson. We talk about his work on the Portable C Compiler. More information can be found at

File Info: 15Min, 7MB.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

bsdtalk130 - Network Stack Virtualization with Marko Zec

News: PC-BSD 1.4 Released.

Michael Dexter sent me an interview he recorded on behalf of BSDTalk with Marko Zec at EuroBSDCon 2007. More information on the project at

File Info: 16Min, 8MB.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

bsdtalk129 - BSDCertification Update with Dru Lavigne

Interview with Dru Lavigne. We talk about the progress of and also her new position with the Open Source Business Resource at

File info: 20Min, 10MB.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

bsdtalk128 - Sysjail Revisited with Michael Dexter

  • EuroBSDCon starts this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. I wish I could be there.
  • OpenBSD 4.2 is available for pre-order.

Interview with Michael Dexter. We talk about the new sysjail and the recent system call wrapper issues.

File Info: 22Min, 10MB.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

bsdtalk127 - Why I like the CLI

Why I like the CLI:
  • Uses minimal resources. Less space, less memory, fewer dependencies.
  • Transparency. GUI hides internals, limits options.
  • Similar between Unix-like systems. GUI tools seem to change every week.
  • Remote management. SSH rocks.
  • Everything is text. Configs, devices, output. CLI is natural complement.
  • Pipes and scripts. One time is hard, a thousand times is easy.
  • Only need a few tools. Grep, sed, awk, vi, cron.
  • Text config files. Easy to version, share, and comment.
  • Requires reading skills instead of clicking skills.
  • Much faster when you know what you are doing.

File Info: 12Min, 6MB.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

bsdtalk126 - MidnightBSD founder Lucas Holt

I was interviewed on the LinuxReality podcast.

Interview with MidnightBSD founder Lucas Holt.

File Info: 15Min, 7MB.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

bsdtalk125 - Matthew Dillon

The NetBSD Foundation would like to announce its 2007 fundraising campaign. See for more details.

Interview with DragonflyBSD's Matthew Dillon. We talk about the 1.10 release and the design of a new filesystem.

File Info: 20Min, 10MB

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Monday, August 06, 2007

bsdtalk124 - PC-BSD Founder Kris Moore

Interview with PC-BSD Founder Kris Moore. We talk about the upcoming 1.4 release.

File Info: 12Min, 6MB.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

bsdtalk123 - William "whurley" Hurley, Chief Architect of Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc.

News: created to support OpenBSD and related projects.

Interview with William "whurley" Hurley, Chief Architect of Open Source Strategy at BMC Software, Inc. We talk about the BMC Developer Network.

File Info: 28Min, 14MB.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

bsdtalk122 - Embedding FreeBSD with M. Warner Losh

Interview with M. Warner Losh about embedding FreeBSD.

File Info: 16Min, 8MB.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

bsdtalk121 - Fast IPSec with George Neville-Neil

Interview with George Neville-Neil about Fast IPSec.

File Info: 14Min, 7MB.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

bsdtalk120 - BSD Hacker Isaac "Ike" Levy

News: There has been a call for papers for the first Turkish conference on BSD systems. More info about BSDConTR07 can be found at

Interview with BSD Hacker Isaac "Ike" Levy. To hear more of Ike and other NYCBUG audio, visit

File Info: 26Min, 13MB.

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Thursday, July 05, 2007

bsdtalk119 - Playing with IPv6

I ramble on about how I have been experimenting with IPv6. For more details, see

File Info: 15Min, 8MB.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

bsdtalk118 - Sidsel Jensen from EuroBSDCon

I'm sorry the podcast was unavailable for a few days due to a server upgrade problem.
Congratulations to SDF for 20 great years of public Unix access.
Congratulations to NetBSD on a great new web site.

Interview with Sidsel Jensen from

File info: 9Min, 5MB.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

bsdtalk117 - One Time Passwords

  • Important when you don't trust the computer you are using, such as a library computer or internet kiosk.
  • Available by default in Free/Net/Open BSD.
  • FreeBSD uses OPIE, Net/Open use S/Key.
  • One time passwords are based on your pass phrase, a non-repeating sequence number, and a seed.
  • Initial setup should be done directly on the server.
  • "skeyinit" for Net/Open, "opiepasswd -c" for FreeBSD.
  • Enter a pass phrase that is not your regular account password.
  • Find your current sequence number and seed with "opieinfo" or "skeyinfo", for example: "497 pc5246".
  • Generate a list of the next 10 passwords and write them down, using "opiekey -n 10 497 pc5246" or "skey -n 10 497 pc5246".
  • When you log in from a remote machine that might have a keystroke logger, you can now use a one time password instead of your regular password.
  • For OpenBSD, log in as account:skey, for example "bob:skey", which will cause the system to present the s/key challenge.
  • For NetBSD, the system will always present you with the s/key challenge if it is configured for your account, although you can still use your regular password.
  • FreeBSD by default will force you to use a one time password if it is configured for your account.
  • If you want both OPIE and password authentication, FreeBSD allows you to list trusted networks or hosts in /etc/opieaccess.
  • Instead of carrying a list of passwords around, you can use s/key generators on a portable device that you trust, such as a palm pilot.
  • For more info, check the man pages.
File info: 6Min, 4MB.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

bsdtalk116 - Rick Macklem and NFSv4

I was interviewed recently at

Interview with Rick Macklem about his work with NFSv4.
More information at

File info: 13Min, 6MB.

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Friday, June 01, 2007

bsdtalk115 - Jun-ichiro "itojun" Itoh Hagino

Interview with KAME project core researcher Jun-ichiro "itojun" Itoh Hagino.


File Info: 10:45, 5MB.

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Friday, May 25, 2007

bsdtalk114 - A Few FreeBSD Core Team Members

An interview with a few of the FreeBSD Core Team members: Brooks Davis, Warner Losh, George V. Neville-Neil, Hiroki Sato, and Robert Watson. The interview was recorded at BSDCan in Ottawa, Cananda.

File Info: 35Min, 16MB.

Ogg Link:

I've tried exporting the ogg twice from Audacity, and it chops a few minutes out of the file every time. I'll try with a different tool.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

bsdtalk113 - Designing BSD Rootkits Author Joseph Kong

Interview with Joseph Kong, Author of "Designing BSD Rootkits: An Introduction to Kernel Hacking" from No Starch Press. The interview was recorded at BSDCan in Ottawa.

File Info: 15Min, 8MB.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

bsdtalk112 - Qing Li and Tatuya Jinmei

Interview at BSDCan with Qing Li and Tatuya Jinmei. We talk about the books that they authored with Keiichi Shima: "IPv6 Core Protocols Implementation" and "IPv6 Advanced Protocols Implementation." The books are available at or on the publisher's web site,

File Info: 20Min, 10MB.

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

bsdtalk111 - FreeBSD Developer Diane Bruce

News: OpenBSD 4.1 released. Registration is now open for the BSDA beta exam.

Interview with FreeBSD developer Diane Bruce. We talk about Ham Radio on BSD.
Slides from one of her talks:

File Info: 10Min, 5MB.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

bsdtalk110 - Josh Berkus, Postgresql Lead at Sun Microsystems

Interview with Josh Berkus, Postgresql Lead at Sun Microsystems. We talk about the upcoming PGCon on 23-24 May 2007. More info at

File Info: 19Min, 9MB.

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

bsdtalk109 - George Neville-Neil and Using VMs for Development

News:iXsystems announced an agreement with Adobe Systems that will allow the next version of PC-BSD to have a Flash-enabled browser available on a default installation.

George Neville-Neil and Using VMs for Development. See for more information.

File Info: 12Min, 6MB.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

bsdtalk108 - Matt Juszczak from

Interview with Matt Juszczak from

File Info: 4MB, 8Min.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

bsdtalk107 - Contiki OS Developer Adam Dunkels

Interview with Contiki OS Developer Adam Dunkels. You can find more information at

File Info: 27Min, 13MB.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

bsdtalk106 - Interview with Matthieu Herrb about Xenocara

Interview with Matthieu Herrb about Xenocara.

File info: 7MB, 14 Min.

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Monday, March 26, 2007

bsdtalk105 - Intro to PF with Jason Dixon

Introduction to PF with Jason Dixon.

File info: 25Min, 12MB.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

bsdtalk104 - Getting to know X

Getting to know the X Window System.
Make sure you are in a text only mode. You might need to change how the system boots, or boot into single user mode.
  • "startx" to make sure X is working right.
  • "X" by itself gives the basic grey screen.
  • "ctrl" and "alt" and "backspace" keys at the same time will zap X.
  • "X & xterm -display :0"
  • "xterm -geometry +300+300"
  • "twm" or "metacity"
File Info: 10Min, 5MB.

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Monday, March 12, 2007

bsdtalk103 - Robert Ricci from Emulab

News: Registration now open for BSDCan 2007. Anyone interesting in a road trip? Also, pre-orders for OpenBSD 4.1 are available.

Interview with Robert Ricci from

File Info: 16Min, 8MB.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

bsdtalk102 - Cisco Distinguished Engineer Randall Stewart

Interview with Cisco Distinguished Engineer Randall Stewart. We talk about the Stream Control Transmission Protocol and his work bringing it to FreeBSD.

File Info: 35Min, 17MB

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Monday, February 26, 2007

bsdtalk101 - FreeBSD Developer George Neville-Neil

Interview with FreeBSD developer George Neville-Neil. We talk about the packet construction set and the packet debugger.

File Info: 19Min, 10MB.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

bsdtalk100 - NetBSD Developer Lubomir Sedlacik

I was interviewed on episode 179 of the Linux Link Tech Show last night.

Interview with NetBSD Developer Lubomir Sedlacik. We talk about pkgsrcCon 2007.

File Info: 13Min, 7MB.

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

bsdtalk099 - AsiaBSDCon PC Chair George Neville-Neil

Interview with AsiaBSDCon 2007 Program Committee Chair George Neville-Neil.

File Info: 14Min, 7MB.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

bsdtalk098 - DragonFlyBSD Developer Matthew Dillon

Interview with DragonFlyBSD developer Matthew Dillon. We talk about the 1.8 release.

File info: 24Min, 12MB.

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

bsdtalk097 - OpenBSD Developer Pierre-Yves Ritschard

News: DragonflyBSD 1.8 has been released.

Interview with OpenBSD Developer Pierre-Yves Ritschard. We talk about hoststated.

File info: 16Min, 8MB.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

bsdtalk096 - Artist and Musician Ty Semaka

Interview with Artist and Musician Ty Semaka. You can find his work at, and also on the OpenBSD CDs, posters, and shirts.

File Info: 6MB, 12Min.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

bsdtalk095 - OpenBSD Developer Claudio Jeker

Interview with OpenBSD Developer Claudio Jeker.

File Info: 7MB, 15Min.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

bsdtalk094 - BSD Consultant Jeremy C. Reed

Reminder: Proposals for BSDCan 2007 are due Fri, Jan 19. Also, if you are going to BSDCan, consider sticking around for PGCon.

Interview with BSD Consultant Jeremy C. Reed from

File info: 8MB, 16Min.

Monday, January 15, 2007

bsdtalk093 - EMC Lab Admin Glen R. J. Neff

News: FreeBSD 6.2 released, FreeSBIE Live CD 2.0 released.

Interview with EMC Lab Administrator Glen R. J. Neff.

File info: 15MB, 30Min.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

bsdtalk092 - Run Your Own Server Podcast Host Adam Glen

Interview with Adam Glen, one of the hosts of the Run Your Own Server Podcast.

File info: 6MB, 12Min.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

bsdtalk091 - Phil Pereira from

Interview with Phil Pereira from

File info: 9MB, 18Min.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

bsdtalk090 - Sys Admin Mike Erdely

New year, suggestions for a new opening song?

News: PC-BSD 1.3 released. Get it at

Interview with Sys Admin Mike Erdely. You can find more information on his use of binpatch at

File info: 8MB, 17Min.

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